Friday, February 19, 2016

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel Summary:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Just a small disclaimer: as of right now, I haven't read all of Clockwork Princess. That means, I don't know how I'll feel about how the series ends, or all the plot twits. Now, onto the review...

In case you didn't know, this trilogy is the prequel to The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I, along with many other people I believe, actually like these books even more than The Mortal Instruments (which is really saying something). 
The thing I really like about these books is how much they intertwine. Yes, you can read the series separately and completely understand them, but if you read them both, then there will be small things you understand. Like how some of the characters in The Infernal Devices are actually ancestors of characters in The Mortal Instruments (Which is so cool!) There are also characters that are immortal and show up in both series, which I love (Magnus, I'm looking at you...)

Tessa is the protagonist of this story and is a really interesting character. Something I find funny about her is that she seems so surprised that there are female shadow hunters and that women fight, but she's also a really ferocious character herself.
Will and Jem are what I'd call the 'love interests' of the story. They're each really well-rounded and developed characters. At the beginning, they may seem secretive and bad, and you may wonder why anyone likes them, but over time, there is a lot revealed about them that makes you understand them a bit better.
One thing I want to warn people about this series is that there are a lot of characters and different plots going on at once, and it can be hard to keep everything straight all the time. Since it's in third person, it jumps around with what's going on, but the main focus is Tessa (if that makes any sense...). 
Basically, Tessa drives the plot of the book and causes the main conflicts, while everyone else is doing smaller things to lead to the overall conflict. So Will and Jem might be over in Downtown London, while Tessa's at the Institute doing something, and so on. If any of you watch Once Upon A Time, it's kind of like that. Emma's the main character, but it focuses on other stuff too, and there's multiple plots going on at once.

Something really well done with these books though is how many plot twists there are. Honestly, throughout the whole book you could be thinking one thing and then you suddenly realize it's something completely different. Basically the rule is, if you think you know what's going to happen, you're WRONG. 

Have any of you read this trilogy? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have a shadow hunter-y day/evening/night,


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